Former Manchester United coach Tony Coton has claimed that Roy Keane’s complaint about a villa pool in Portugal effectively spelled the end of his time at the club.
Keane signed for the Red Devils for a record transfer fee at the time of £3.75 million in 1993 and spent 12 years at Old Trafford before briefly finishing his career at Celtic.
And Coton believes a row over being moved from his own villa to accommodation with the rest of his team-mates was the beginning of the end for the former Republic of Ireland international.
“The captain made it clear he wasn’t happy with the accommodation,” Coton wrote in the Daily Mail. “The villa he had been forced to vacate was bigger and better equipped and an offer to move him to a better property backfired when he complained that the pool was too cold.
“When a barbecue was arranged for the families, Roy sought out Sir Alex. In hushed tones, the boss convinced his skipper this wasn’t the time for a frank discussion.
“When we arrived at the airport for a pre-season tour to Hong Kong, China and Japan a couple of weeks later, our captain was nowhere to be seen. The ‘official’ reason was that he had been left at home to work on his fitness, but a rift had opened up between the United manager and his captain.
“An uneasy truce was reached, but when Roy limped out of a challenge with Steven Gerrard at Anfield, it was to be the last time he played for United. Two months later, one of the club’s greatest-ever players was allowed to join Celtic.”